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Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

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Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

By JoeHaggerty
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WILMINGTON, Mass. Jordan Caron never gave up his condo in Boston when he was shipped down to the Providence Bruins, and now hes able to move right back into those digs.

Caron was called back up to the Bruins Monday evening following the announcement that Marc Savard was placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for the rest of the season.

We liked the way he played, coach Claude Julien said of Caron. His play dipped a little bit earlier in the year and we wanted him to get some playing time. Weve done that with a few players over the years and its really worked out well. Hes been playing well in Providence and this is a chance for him to really help us out.

The physical, skilled Caron caught Juliens eye with a strong training camp, and it was only a matter of time before hed be called back up to Boston where he could help the Bruins.

Its good to be back, and being in the NHL again is a very good feeling said Caron. If Im able to play in the game tomorrow thats going to be very exciting. Im just taking it shift by shift and trying to keep it simple. Im going to take the same approach that I always do and look at it the same way I did at the beginning of the season.

Carons value comes as a big, offensively capable, penalty killing winger who would slot in comfortably with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line a role that never really suited Tyler Seguin when hed been forced into that role several times over the last few weeks.

Seguin broke a nine-game goal-scoring drought with a big third-period strike against the Stars last Thursday night, but has been held under 10 minutes of ice time in each of the last four games in a diminished role. It appears Julien wants to see a greater compete level from Seguin as the games and pressure ramp up post-All-Star break.

Hamill and Seguin are both highly skilled centers and thats what you should expect out of them, said Julien. One guy has a little bit more pro experience than the other one, and theres an age difference obviously. Those are guys that play the same kind of role, and if theyre competing against each other then hopefully it makes them both better.

Its a bit of a catch-22 for Seguin as he cant truly utilize his offensive skills unless hes playing a lot of minutes and getting power play time. At the same time, the Bruins need to get a gauge of Hamills NHL readiness before entertaining any deals for centers in place of a down and out Savard.

Meanwhile Hamill and Seguin were both slotted on the same forward line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, and it appears that both have been pitted in a competitive battle for playing time. With the knowledge that the Bruins want to see what Hamill can do at the NHL level and his pro experience at the AHL level, it appears that Seguin is headed for a healthy scratch against the Canadiens.

Its pretty clear that the Bruins are looking for something more out of Seguin, and part of that is getting another young player for the teenager to battle with for ice time.

Plenty of involvement for Bruins draft picks at the Beanpot tournament at TD Garden on Monday night, as Bs draft pick Tommy Cross became the hero of the game when the defenseman rocked home an overtime goal to take a 3-2 win for Boston College over arch-rival Boston University.

Johnny Boychuk chipped a puck off the boards and accidentally nailed Patrice Bergeron in the collar bone and chin after an errant bounce of the partition Tuesday at practice. Boychuk felt badly about the bad bounce, but the good news that Bergeron was okay certainly made him feel better.

I just saw him go off the ice, said Boychuk. As soon as I skated over toward him he was already going right off the ice. Just a bad bounce on the chip.

Julien is hoping David Krejci can continue to raise his level of play this month in Marc Savards absence when it appears that once again hes getting a chance to play the No. 1 center role on the Bruins.

He thrives on being relied upon and he likes those kinds of challenges. Id like to think that will happen again with Krejci, said Julien. Hes one of those guys that as the season goes on he gets better, and the more meaning for the games the better hes been playing. We need him to step his game up and play a big role for our hockey club, and hes capable of doing that. We hope it happens.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

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Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

BOSTON – With all of the talk about young forward prospects Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk, it would seem that Austin Czarnik wants to serve a reminder that he can play a little hockey too.

For the second year in a row, the 24-year-old diminutive forward is putting together a strong start to his training camp with a multi-point performance in a 4-2 exhibition victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Czarnik finished with a penalty-shot goal, two points and tied for the team-lead with four shots on net while playing with the energy, skating aggressiveness and in-your-face attitude that he’s going to need for NHL success. He also made his point that there are more than just a couple of young forwards in camp who can potentially help in Boston this winter.

“He was very good. I think the forgotten man, maybe, he was thinking [a bit] because we’ve talked about a lot of young guys. He’s still a young guy, and wants to make his mark and push for a job on the team,” coach Bruce Cassidy said of Czarnik, who posted five goals and 13 points in 49 games for the Bruins last season. “I thought he looked real good tonight. He won a lot of pucks. He’s always going to make plays in space, that’s his game. He won a lot of pucks and did a lot of little things well.”

It was Czarnik who really helped put the game away in the second period when he sped past a pair of defenders and forced them into hauling him down for a penalty shot with the B’s already up, 2-0. Czarnik patiently slowed his penalty-shot attempt before ripping one past Petr Mrazek’s glove hand in what ended up being the game-winning goal. Czarnik was in the middle of things again in the third on the insurance marker as he engineered a 3-on-1 rush before expertly feeding to Teddy Purcell for the sizzled one-timer.

Czarnik was downplaying the idea that he’s been overlooked in camp but show there was a strong need to remind the B’s organization how he can potentially help them as a fast, aggressive, pesky little center that can also make some plays.

“I’m not going to worry about [getting overlooked]. It’s part of life, you know it’s happened a lot? I’m not going to worry about that,” said Czarnik, who similarly won a job with the Bruins after a strong initial training camp last season. I’m just going to worry about myself and just try to do the right thing every single time and show them what I can do.

“I need to be an energy guy. There’s a lot of young talent now, you know, on the power play and everything now, so I need to try to create energy on the penalty kill and the fore-check. So that’s what my main focus is going to be.”

The energy really is the key to Czarnik’s long-term hopes with the Bruins and, consequently, the rest of the NHL. If he can play with the same skating legs, high energy and rapid pace that he’s consistently shown in preseasons, then there’s no reason to think he can’t help the Bruins. But there were far too many lulls in Czarnik’s rookie NHL season where the skating game wasn’t good enough, there wasn’t enough bite to his fore-check and there just weren’t enough plays being made on the ice.

Clearly, Czarnik is trying to change that impression in this camp with the B’s, but that could prove to be a much more difficult task with so many more quality forwards now battling for a few jobs on the roster in Boston. 

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Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise

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Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating that Brad Marchand is willing to say something is “an absolute joke.” There are not enough candid players in the NHL like good, ol' No. 63.

*So FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy writes that the Bruins are “a lowly number four nowadays” in the power rankings of the big four Boston sports teams. Certainly, Danny is technically correct in saying that the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics are ahead of the Bruins in terms of the Boston pro sports zeitgeist and that they dominate the sports conversation.

But Shaughnessy points to the Bruins doing nothing to improve themselves last summer as some kind of reason behind their low position among the other Boston sports franchises, and that’s not really a factor. The problem right now is that the Bruins are extremely young and still a couple of years away from returning to true Stanley Cup contention as a result. 
Once Charlie McAvoy is a few years into his career, some of the other Bruins prospects are in the NHL for good and Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask are still at the back end of their prime, the Bruins will once again be a Cup contender that’s pushing their way back into the championship conversation that commands the attention of the Boston fan.

Would Shaughnessy have been more satisfied with the Bruins if they spent bad money on a big free-agent contract as they did with Matt Beleskey and David Backes in back-to-back years, or if they traded premium prospect Brandon Carlo for hired gun Matt Duchene? That would be the kind of “big splash” move that a bad management group would make to appease the casual fans that don’t truly understand what the B’s are going with their draft-and-development plan.

This Bruins outfit is still a playoff team while they’re building back to that Cup-worthy level. They were playing a much more exciting, entertaining brand of hockey once Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien last winter. This isn’t a lowly team unworthy of the fans’ attention, or more importantly their sports dollar. This is much more about the all-time greatness of the New England Patriots, the deserved excitement for a Celtics team that is truly going for it after being in the Bruins current “building it back up” phase for the past few years and a playoff-level Red Sox team that really has no competition in the summertime.

This isn’t about what the Bruins aren’t doing right now. This is about what the Patriots and Celtics, and to a lesser degree the Red Sox, are doing right now. It's as simple as that in a local sports landscape that’s cyclical and constantly in motion.  

*What a great Facetime hit here from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro with Jay and Dan now that they’re thankfully back to their rightful home in Canada. The technical difficulties really make the whole thing come together.  

*Congrats to Jonathan Drouin for making a commitment to the city of Montreal that goes well beyond being a player for the Canadiens.

*Lots of prayers and well-wishes to Hingham, Mass., native and New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle after his stunning cancer diagnosis. Anybody that knows the Boyle family knows how courageous they are, and how much love and support that Brian will have at a time when he’s going to need every bit of it. I also included a link to a New York Post Q&A with Boyle where he talks a bit about his father’s miraculous battle with cancer as well.   

 *John Chayka is trying to bring with him a new chapter to the history of the Arizona Coyotes, but it’s seemingly always an uphill battle there.

*Nobody should have any problems with the contract extension handed out to Mikko Koivu by the Minnesota Wild.

*For something completely different: Are we seriously living in a world where the Juggalos are marching for their rights?

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